Dominic digs in as appeal bears fruit

Actor Dominic West visits the new location for Treetop House at the Sheffield Childrens Hospital with manager Ann Wyatt
Actor Dominic West visits the new location for Treetop House at the Sheffield Childrens Hospital with manager Ann Wyatt

ACTOR Dominic West may have said ‘farewell’ to My Fair Lady at the Crucible, but he remains committed to the appeal to create extra accommodation for families of patients at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

Work is due to start on site next month on converting two properties off Northumberland Road for an 11-bedroom house for The Sick Children’s Trust’s second ‘Home from Home’.

The Grindleford-born actor, who was taught drama at Westbourne School, said: “I launched the appeal in March last year so I was delighted to visit the house and see how things have been progressing – it’s exciting to think that this time next month work will be underway. I’ve been based in Sheffield for the last six weeks now to be part of the My Fair Lady cast, and being back on my home ground again has really made me realise how many amazing charity projects are happening in the area.

“The work that The Sick Children’s Trust undertakes with their accommodation is a lifeline to the families of sick children and something that isn’t given the priority it should be by the NHS. The hospital has a wonderful vision with their plans to modernise the city centre site but it’s thanks to charities like The Sick Children’s Trust, which support it, that family life can continue throughout the child’s illness.”

The father-of-four added: “I can’t wait to come back for the opening party!”

He was given a briefing by Ann Wyatt and her team at Treetop House, which already offers accommodation at the Children’s Hospital.

The home will provide families with up to three en suite bedrooms, a communal lounge, kitchen and dining area. There will also be recreational facilities for infants and teenagers.

One glazed structure will link the two Victorian-style detached properties in Northumberland Road and another will create direct access to the hospital with a high level of security.

Simon Cowling, managing director of Sheffield-based Beaumont & Cowling Chartered Architects, said: ”This is an exciting stage of any project - seeing your plans come to fruition and work finally begin, but more so in this case knowing what a resource this will provide to families in need.”

Quantity surveyors are Auburn Ainsley, structural engineers Eastwood and Partners and the main contractor is T & C Williams. The project is due to be completed by August 2013.

You can make a donation by clicking on our special Branching Out Appeal 
button on the Telegraph website at www.sheffield telegraph.co.uk.

If you would like to help by organising an event or collection, contact Samantha Silverwood, Regional Fundraiser – Yorkshire on samantha@sickchildrenstrust.org, or ring Treetop House on 0114 2717176.

Make cheques payable to The Sick Children’s Trust Mark your envelope ‘Branching Out Appeal’ and post them to Treetop House, The Sick Children’s Trust, Sheffield Children’s Hospital, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TH. Information on the 
Branching Out Appeal can be found at www.sick childrenstrust.org